To support the expansion of the company’s business in Japan, Ms Sakura Kuma will join APM Terminals Japan as Managing Director effective 1 February 2021. Prior to joining APM Terminals, Sakura Kuma held several leadership positions within marketing and sales, new business development and corporate management in NYK, as well as secondments to NYK Bulk & Projects Carrier Ltd, Yusen Terminal Inc. and Yokohama-Kawasaki International Port Corporation.
In 2020, APM Terminals Japan won a tender for a 10-year agreement with the Yokohama-Kawasaki International Port Corporation to increase existing berth capacity at its Yokohama terminal by adding two additional large berths (MC3 and MC4), giving APM Terminals a strong competitive edge as the only terminal operator in Greater Tokyo area capable of handling vessels up to 20,000 TEU.
The development increases terminal volumes from 1.1m TEU to 2.1m TEU and is expected to serve as platform for attracting additional liner customers. The expansion to a 4-berth facility creates a world-class integrated terminal with superior ocean capabilities and the opportunity to further develop landside products.